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Special Hobby 1/72 Blackburn Roc

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This is a typical Special Hobby mixed media kit. Mostly injection plastic parts with some for inexplicable reasons in cast resin and a small PE fret. the instructions are vague at best. Some confusion arises as this is based on their Skua kit and there are some parts not used and others that are substituted for other parts. It goes together pretty well and has a detailed cockpit, but the canopy is molded in one piece so it is pretty invisible. One problem, however, was that the quad mg's mount was wider than the slots in the turret, but when you cut it down to fit the turret, it's too narrow to span the turtleback fairing behind the turret. That's why the guns are up in the air on mine. In reality the a/c was a complete failure, even as a target tow. It did, however, have one confirmed kill while escorted by several Skuas, a Ju-88 in Norway. Speaking of Skuas, that last picture is with an old Frog Skua for comparison. 

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So....an airplane with the name "Roc" is an abject failure....could it be it flew like one?

Good looking build Ron! I like your light shading to emphasize the panel lines. It adds a little "pop" and just the right amount of weathering to my eye. I'm betting it took more effort than you mentioned to get it to look that good! Congrats bro!

 

GIL :smiley16:

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The shading is something I am working on. After I have applied the last flat/dull coat, I have been using pastels applied with those small plastic sponge applicators you can buy. I pick a shade of the color on the model either a little lighter or darker and then rub the applicator on the pastel to get some on it and then drag/rub it along the panel line. After I"m done, I use a broad softer paint brush to even out the finish and blend the shading in. It's not perfect and I don''t know if it ever will be, but it is MUCH easier than all that pre-post shade painting and puts less paint on the model itself. Plus, if you screw up, you can wash it off and try again. 

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I like it! Nice work Ron!

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I must say Ron that you have some of the most interesting builds I’ve seen. Very nice! 

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Having built a Special Hobby short run kit (or two) I concur that you need to be creative with some of the building.

I think you did a terrific job. Looks great!

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